A Perfect Gentleman

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Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope-and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new profession...as an "honorable escort" accompanying the cream of the ton.The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant-even one as striking as Stony-but she needs Aubrey's help. Will Aubrey prove to her ...
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Viscount Aubrey "Stony" Wellstone is at the end of his rope-and the end of his family's once-great fortune. Desperate, he tries his luck at the gaming tables, where an offer to exchange his debts for a gentlemanly favor leads to a profitable new profession...as an "honorable escort" accompanying the cream of the ton.The fiercely independent, flame-tressed Miss Ellianne Kane would normally have no use for an upper-class attendant-even one as striking as Stony-but she needs Aubrey's help. Will Aubrey prove to her that there is far more to him than want of money?
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RITA Award--winner Metzger's trifle of a Regency presents a truly charming hero, when he can be spotted through the larded-on argot of the period ("nipfarthing," etc.). Viscount "Stony" Wellstone has a glamorous title but no money to restore his ruined home and no employable skills, even though he's willing to stoop to trade. He hits upon the scheme of becoming an escort-for-hire, leaving bored husbands and fathers to their clubs while he dances, dines and charms the young ladies of London. Ellianne Kane, a banker's daughter, wouldn't normally move in Stony's circles, but money opens many doors, and she hires him to be her guide to the mysteries of society. She's looking for a husband, not for herself but for her younger sister, who wrote cryptically of a new love before disappearing from town. Naturally, Stony's initial horror at Ellianne's merchant background and her completely improper family turns to fondness, and she's similarly attracted to the staunch heart underneath Stony's foppish ways. The novel is at its best when Stony and Ellianne are braving London's ballrooms and theaters-the two have good chemistry and the plot has an Ugly Duckling charm-but readers will likely be bored by the thin mystery and its weak conclusion. Agent, Harvey Klinger. (Oct. 5) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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When an old acquaintance impetuously forgives a gambling debt in return for his services for one evening as an escort for a young debutante, Aubrey, the impecunious Viscount Wellstone, or "Stony" to his friends, suddenly finds himself with a new, lucrative career as professional escort to the gentlewomen of the ton. And then disaster strikes: his cachet is clouded and his future in doubt until strong-willed, free-thinking Ellianne Kane sweeps into his life and changes everything! This lively, well-written, Regency-set historical is a funny and delightful read. Metzger (Wedded Bliss) is a popular writer of traditional Regencies who has successfully made the leap to the larger historical subgenre; she lives in Montauk, NY. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451210418
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.72 (h) x 0.99 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Adorable regency

    Viscount Aubrey ¿Stony¿ Wellstone is broke with creditors breathing down his neck demanding reparations. He tries gambling, but that just increases his astronomical debts. He sees no relief until a friend Lord Parkhurst who he owes money to mentions escort duty he does not want to perform. Stony and Parkhurst agree to erase his gambling debts if he provides proper escort to a young debutante. Aubrey agrees and realizes he has a way to earn money without getting married or dirtying himself in trade. He will become an aristocratic escort.......................... Independent and feisty Ellianne Kane arrives in London seeking her missing sister. She prefers to ignore the Ton especially losers like handsome Stony, but needs the services of a professional escort if she is to make progress on her quest because she must be able to enter the homes of the elite. To his shock, Stony falls in love with his client, but how to persuade Ellianne that he wants her not her money when he knows to her he is a lowly paid escort................................. A PERFECT GENTLEMAN is an invigorating Regency romance that turns the aristocracy upside down through Ellianne¿s disdain of the upper crust especially the cash strapped Stony. The story line is very humorous as Ellianne keeps boxing Stony¿s ears with fabulous set downs, but he keeps coming back for more blows and not because the fee is good. Ellianne is a wonderful feisty heroine, who pretends indifference to Stony insisting her heart is made of stone when it comes to the likes of him, but knows deep down that she him like he does her. Fans will value this amusing historical tale.................................. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Well Done

    I love Metzgers style of writing. Her stories are filled with witty humor, well developed characters, and interesting sub-plots. This story does not disapoint.

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